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Australia’s Carr Faces Gavronksi in Tacoma this Saturday

by on Sep.09, 2016, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

 

This Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, Australian super middleweight prospect Jake Carr (11-0, 4 KOs) will take on Tacoma’s own Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (20-2-1, 13 KOs), breaking a year long hiatus from the sport in his first foray into the U.S. The bout will serve as the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ 107th installment of the long-running “Battle at the Boat” series.

Carr, who is originally from Victoria, Australia, recently made the move to the U.S. and currently resides in Los Angeles, working with well known trainer Justin Fortune. In his four years as a pro, the highly touted Australian has racked up eleven straight wins and captured the Australian 168 lbs. championship, defeating Serge Yannik for that title in his fifth pro bout by unanimous decision. He went on to make three successful defenses of the belt. Carr will be looking to shake off a year’s worth of ring rust, having fought his last bout in August of last year, scoring a sixth round TKO win over Togasilimai Letoa.

Gravonski, in action, at left (photo by Mike Blair)

Gravonski, in action, at left (photo by Mike Blair)

Gavronksi, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back from only the second defeat of his career, an eighth round stoppage loss to Dashon Johnson last November in a fight for the vacant WBA-NABA US super middleweight title. Gavronski’s only other loss was a decision defeat to current top middleweight world title contender Tureano Johnson in 2014. The two will meet in a ten rounder in the 168 pound division.

The semi-main event of the card will feature a five round Jr. middleweight match-up between come-forward banger Antonio Neal (4-5, 3 KOs), of Granger, Washington and slick boxer Andre Keys (1-1, 1 KO), of Tacoma. Neal will look to keep his momentum going after scoring a four round decision win over Will Hughes last June. Keys, meanwhile, will be fighting for the first time since his devastating first round TKO loss to Thomas Turner in March of this year.

The always entertaining Andres Reyes (4-1-1), of Yakima, Washington, will be in action at the venue for the third time this year, taking on Portland, Oregon’s Ramel Snegur (1-0) in a five round Jr. welterweight scrap. Reyes, who is quickly becoming a crowd favorite in Tacoma due to his high output style, fought Salem, Oregon’s Marcos Cardenas to four round majority draw in his last fight. Snegur made his pro debut last June, taking a clear-cut unanimous decision over Niko McFarland.

Portland, Oregon’s Osvaldo Rojas (8-3-2, 3 KOs) and Yakima’s Nate Serrano (4-3-2, 3 KOs) will rekindle their old rivalry in a four rounder, facing off for the third time. The two battled to a four round draw in their first meeting in June of 2012, and faced off two months later with Rojas taking a unanimous decision win in that bout. Both fights were action packed, back and forth affairs. The two combatants will both be coming back from long lay-offs with Serrano having last fought in August of 2013, drawing with Miguel Islas, and Rojas last fighting in June of 2014, a second round TKO over Ryan Phillips. The bout will take place in the Jr. middleweight division.

Two other bouts round out the rest of the card. In a four round welterweight bout, MMA stand-out Drew Brokenshire (1-0) will fight for the second time as a professional boxer, taking on Gabriel Solorio (1-2-1), of Portland, Oregon. And in a four round bout a157 lbs., Lexus Pagampao, of Oahu, Hawaii, will face off with Ryan Schecterson, who is making his pro debut.

Doors to the Emerald Queen Casino I-5 showroom will open at 6 p.m. with the first fight set to start at 7 p.m. Tickets to Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 107 can be purchased at the EQC box office and Ticketmaster.

 

 

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